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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 14) – Organizers of the Benny Hinn crusade say they expect more than 300,000 people to attend the three-day event here in Fiji next month despite opposition from some churches.

Pastor Manasa Kolivuso of the Christian Mission Fellowship said they expect a successful crusade.

"Those who oppose the crusade are entitled to their own opinion but we are confident that it will be a huge success," he said. "We are aware of there being questions raised regarding Pastor Hinn’s dealings in the United States but there is no evidence to substantiate these allegations."

Pastor Kolivuso said Fiji stood to benefit a lot economically from the crusade with a large number of foreign delegates expressing interest in attending it.

"I have received unconfirmed reports that almost all the hotels in Suva are fully booked for the period," said Pastor Kolivuso.

Pastor Hinn will be accompanied by a 70-member entourage - consisting mainly of television crew. His visit is being facilitated by the Fiji Government, which will provide security for the internationally renowned evangelist.

The Indian Division of the Fiji Methodist Church said there is no need for Hinn’s visit because of the many different churches that already provide the gospel in Fiji.

Reverend Immanuel Reuben said such events confuse people and split homes.

The president of the Fiji Council of Churches, Bishop Apimeleki Qilio, called on the government to closely review Hinn and the purpose of the crusade.

The three-day crusade will be held in Suva from January 20.

[PIR editor’s note: Church officials in Fiji express concern that Mr. Hinn's "crusade" would place an extra financial burden on parents preparing for the start of the new school year, and over claims regarding Mr. Hinn's record with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as well as the growing doubt over the veracity of his "miracle healing"(read related story).]

December 15, 2005


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